May 27, 2009
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Senior Tammy Williams (Roscoe, Mo./Osceola) and freshman Adrienne Monka (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga) have been named first-team All-Americans, announced today by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).
Williams was named the nation's first-team All-American at the shortstop position for the third-straight season while Monka earned the nod at first base. The awards mark the sixth and seventh first-team All-America honors for the Northwestern program and give the Wildcats multiple first-team All-Americans in one season for the first time in school history. The pair previously were honored as the Big Ten Player (Williams) and Freshman (Monka) of the Year.
Williams was a third-team award winner as a freshman in 2006, making her the first four-time NFCA All-American in Northwestern history. She surpasses both Lisa Ishikawa and Garland Cooper, who were three-time honorees. Monka is the fourth Wildcat to win All-America accolades as a freshman and the second to make the first team, joining Ishikawa in 1984.
Northwestern has won 12 All-America awards in the last five seasons, including multiple honors in four of the last five years.
Williams batted .448 on the year to break her own school record. She scored 48 runs, recorded 64 hits with 15 home runs and slugged .839 while notching a .533 on-base percentage, all in just 46 games played. She finished the year as one of only six student-athletes in NCAA Division I history to score more runs (235) than games played (232) in her career.
Monka had a monstrous freshman year, batting .392 while establishing a school record with a whopping .900 slugging percentage. She hit an NU freshman record 19 home runs, drove in a team-best 53 runs and drew a team-high 26 walks. Monka finished the year ranked in the top-10 in the nation in home runs per game, total home runs, slugging percentage and RBIs per game.
To see the complete list of 2009 NFCA All-Americans, visit NFCA.org
WILLIAMS AND MONKA NAMED TO ESPN.com SOFTBALL ALL-AMERICA TEAM
Williams and Monka were part of the 12-person ESPN.com All-America team announced on June 8, Monka at first base and Williams at short. Northwestern and Washington were the lone schools to place two student-athletes on the squad.
Monka was the only freshman named to the team. To view the squad, link to ESPN.com.
WILLIAMS NAMED ONE OF FOUR NOMINEES FOR SOFTBALL HONDA SPORTS AWARD
In addition to her first-team All-America nod Wednesday, Williams also was named one of four nominees for the 2009 Softball Honda Sports Award. She joins Florida's Stacey Nelson, Washington's Danielle Lawrie (the eventual winner) and Arizona State's Kaitlin Cochran on the list.
In addition to the honor of this selection, American Honda will donate $1,000 to the women's athletic fund of each nominee's university. The winner's program will receive $5,000.